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Retiring Mt. Abe History teacher to leave students thinking about current events

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Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School history teacher Rick Desorda is retiring after 39 years at the school. Desorda is also a Mount Abe graduate. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

BRISTOL — Posters line the walls of Rick Desorda’s classroom. They were made by the Mount Abraham Union High School history teacher’s students, and explain key terms and figures from the Vietnam War — the Tet Offensive, Lyndon B. Johnson, the Silent Majority, Kent State.

For the students, these people, places and events mark a distant time in the past, decades before they were born. But when Desorda was their age, events from halfway around the world figured greatly in his future.

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